JO CAULFIELD – “KILLING TIME” – ★★★★★ – EdinburghFestival.org

Jo Caulfield walks on to stage, sizes up the audience in moments, and proceeds to question, mock and taunt them.

The venue offers a welcoming bar at the side of the room, and is packed out even this early on in the run – early booking would definitely be prudent to make sure you catch this gem.

“You come away thoroughly entertained, smiling and recalling superb put-downs and one-liners. This is surely the perfect Edinburgh Fringe comedy show.”

What’s clear from the moment she walks on to stage is that she is a genius at her craft – the laughs come fast and repeatedly, and her dry, cutting wit effortlessly encompasses the audience’s dress sense, places of origin, and assumed sexual proclivities into her material.

Jo admits early on that there’s no ‘theme’ to the show – it’s just what she’s observed since last year in Edinburgh. But what she observes are fantastically insightful glimpses into human behaviour, and although there is a caustic, wicked sense of humour at work, constantly critical of both male and female stupidity, there is a genuine human warmth in her view of the world.

A highlight is her reworking of a porn script from a male-centric fantasy to a female story: it’s pure comic gold. She also has a simple and invaluable tip for keeping your husband out of the house for a few hours. Her timing, observation and economy of language are all amazing: it always feels as if her mischievous thoughts are just popping into her head.

You come away thoroughly entertained, smiling and recalling superb put-downs and one-liners. This is surely the perfect Edinburgh Fringe comedy show.

EdinburghFestival.org
5th August 2018

JO CAULFIELD – “KILLING TIME” – ★★★★★ – EdinburghLittleBlackBook

It is easy to understand why Jo Caulfield’s shows attract sell-out audiences each year on the Fringe. “Killing Time” is fresh, current, hilarious and so relatable it hurst!

Killing Time is a must-see! Don’t miss this hour of laugh out loud comedy.

Through Jo’s razor-sharp observational humour and quick-witted interactions with the audience, you are lead, not just through an array of seemingly unlinked, yet individually giggle-worthy anecdotes, but to a climax you do not see coming!

If you’ve caught any of Leith resident Jo Caulfield’s many TV appearances, on shows such as Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You, you know she is funny.  But, after a side-splitting hour in her company, you learn that this comedian is one clever lady.

From Gremlins to flashers, men’s speciality subjects and their lack of forethought in threesome fantasies, via snooty sales girls, phone booths and a two-drink minimum in New York, Jo’s show is a must-see this August!

By the end of the show our sides ached and we realised we had not laughed as hard as we had Killing Time with Jo Caulfield, in quite some time. An easy 5 stars from the fiercely fussy Edinburgh Little Black Book team.

JO CAULFIELD – “KILLING TIME” – ★★★★★ – SGFringe

Jo Caulfield is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe and now a local to a neighbourhood in the City so it’s fair to say she knows a thing or two about the comedy festival, this year’s show is called “Killing Time”.

Jo focuses on drawing from her own experiences and anything that irritates her as well as poking fun at the audience, watch out silver fox gentlemen! She engages perfectly with the audience with her warm personality and relatability creating the perfect connection for encouraging interaction.

If you appreciate dry wit and sarcasm then you will most definitely appreciate “Killing Time”. If you want to laugh non-stop for an hour, do not miss this show.

With an easy to listen to voice, this is a show I could see again and again. With Jo’s quick-witted responses to audience participation, she was always on point and never went off track, she has the expertise to always adapt to her audience.

Brilliantly hilarious and witty, or in the words of my companion “that was Funny as Fuck” we could not stop crying with laughter as Jo shared stories of holidays, hobbies, relationships and people she has met along the way.

The show is entertaining with a relaxed vibe but still had a little element of shock and Jo genuinely looks like she is having a great time along the audience.

The room was filled with laughter with a mix of adults of different ages. If you appreciate dry wit and sarcasm then you will most definitely appreciate “Killing Time”.

If you want to laugh pretty much non-stop for an hour and want a local comedian then do not miss this show.

JO CAULFIELD – “KILLING TIME” – ★★★★★ – One4Review

There can be few comedians who perform at the Fringe annually that maintain a consistent high standards that Ms Caulfield does and the lady has done it again with Killing Time for Fringe 2018.

Hilarious results generating howls of laughter throughout her hour.

Mixing the inevitably funny, well observed and immaculately delivered show material with her undoubted skills of crowd work, all with hilarious results generating howls of laughter throughout her hour.

She oozes professionalism from the moment she hits the stage, with crowd work, identifying characters that were later included in things, before moving on to the main set. No messages here, just Jo chatting about her year, her husbands attempt at dying his hair, an anniversary trip to New York, snippy receptionists, airport security queues, Harrods shopping, pre-mobile phone communications, which was a learning curve for the younger viewers. Also changes in long term relationships, and of course the differences between the sexes in respect to titillation, sexual promiscuity and looking after a 6 year old, all are stopping off points during the way, way too short hour.

She uses all the tools of her trade to make the show something for each and every one in her audience, and offers a few of her own thoughts as to how things could be improved… and don’t forget the multitudinous laughs along the way.

JO CAULFIELD – “KILLING TIME” – ★★★★★ – Bouquets & Brickbats

I don’t go to see Jo Caulfield in order to be surprised. I’ve been a fan of her comedy for long enough to know what to expect – and I’m looking forward to another helping of her sly sarcasm. I’m not disappointed.

“There’s a real joy to be had in watching someone so confident and assured. And Jo Caulfield can be relied upon to deliver a great show.”

It’s Saturday night and the room is packed; Caulfield’s reputation means an audience is guaranteed, and she well deserves it. She makes it look effortless – her stage persona is all shrugs and don’t-give-a-fuck – but it would be a mistake to underestimate the skill that makes this show. She’s sharp, assessing her audience at the same time as engaging us, pushing boundaries with deceptive innocence.

In Killing Time Caulfield sticks to what she knows. ‘There won’t be a theme or a message to this show,’ she says, ‘If you want that, you’ll need to go elsewhere. This’ll just be me, talking about what I’ve done, what I’ve been thinking…’ And it is, kind of – but it’s so much more as well. It’s observational comedy, sure, but a clear illustration of why that genre persists: in the right hands – in her hands – it’s funny. She’s outraged, regularly, by other people’s behaviour, by their rudeness or their lack of awareness, by their sheer stupidity. She maintains a straight face throughout, a wide-eyed insouciance belying the audacity of some of what she says: she’s the queen of bitchy put-downs but she keeps us on her side. It’s an impressive tight-rope walk.

Okay, so there’s quite a lot of men-do-this-and-women-do-that stuff, but she makes it work – it doesn’t seem hack. The observations are fresh and precisely delivered, and the audience response is proof they hit their mark.

There’s a real joy to be had in watching someone so confident and assured. And Jo Caulfield can be relied upon to deliver a great show.

4th August 2018

JO CAULFIELD – “KILLING TIME” – ★★★★☆ – The Scotsman

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: 10 comedy shows you must see! There are 1,408 comedy shows alone being staged at the Edinburgh Festival this year, far too many for one person to try to see. But these are the stand-out performers who had our critics rolling on the floor… 

Women are all about emotion. Men only communicate in facts. Well, so says Jo Caulfield, so here are a few facts about the comedian courtesy of Killing Time.

Jo Caulfield is whip-smart, her stories as insightful as they are hilarious.

Her latest Fringe show has a title, but no overarching theme, it’s just what’s happened to her in the last year and random observations about life. She gets a lot of comic mileage out of her Aberdonian husband. She really doesn’t think much of men who sport Peaky Blinders caps. She and the husband went to New York to celebrate their anniversary and condescension ensued. She judges you…

… And the packed house at The Stand judged her observations pretty damn funny. Caulfield is whip-smart, her stories as insightful as they are hilarious, her wicked barbs towards others balanced by a tendency to be as honest about her own failings. Of course, every comic is presenting a version of themselves, the one that will get the most laughs, but the on-stage Caulfield always rings true.

With her hair newly piled atop her head, and a casual elegance, she has a look of the great Katharine Hepburn, but while Hepburn could be brilliantly waspish on screen, she didn’t write her own material. Caulfield’s areas of interest this year include the wisdom of inciting foreign folk to drop by if they’re ever in Scotland, the trouble with New Town bars and kiddies who expect to be worshipped. And as ever with Caulfield, there’s plenty of bouncing off the audience, not literally, of course (though that might be fun). Caulfield has few peers in this area. If you’ve never seen Jo Caulfield live, I could list plenty of reasons why you should. Or have I done that already?

JO CAULFIELD – “KILLING TIME” – ★★★★☆ – Broadway Baby

Jo Caulfield strides on stage with all the self-assuredness of the seasoned performer that she is. Wryly observing the audience, she comments that we ‘look holidayish – last night’s audience dressed up more’, and this sets the scene for some gentle audience interaction where Caulfield pointed out some ‘silver foxes’ and ‘peaky wankers’. This is an hour of safe, middle class tomfoolery which will keep you in a state of merriment for the full hour.

An hour of consistently high standard comedy.

Despite asserting at the beginning that there is no deeper message or ‘journey’ contained within her performance, Caulfield does foray into the occasional political observation. An anti tory quip and an introspection on the gendered nature of attitudes to promiscuity demonstrate the hidden depths in her material, exercised with her natural finesse.

Misadventures in Harrods, robbing Air-BnB’s and being flashed on a Greek holiday are all topics explored by Caulfield, who deals well with an audience member disclosing her own experience of indecent exposure at the hands of her best friend’s dad. And toward the end, Caulfield also exercises a feat of genius as she dissects the non-sensical; re-writing her own pornography improv-style, calling back all the previous quips and audience interactions and injecting them seamlessly into the story line.

An hour of consistently high standard comedy, though nothing which breaks barriers or comes across as cutting edge – which, admittedly, isn’t the vibe Caulfield is going for. An easy going hour of middle class conviviality which will keep you amused from start to finish.

JO CAULFIELD – “KILLING TIME” – ★★★★☆ – EdFestMag

Jo Caulfield’s new show Killing Time does what it says on the tin. It’s an hour of odd topics and observations covering everything from tales of Australian travellers to hotel baggage handling and one extremely embarrassing trip to Harrods.

If you’re looking for an hour of classic stand-up, Jo Caulfield is the perfect choice.

It’s a casual show, with Caulfield expertly incorporating stories and opinions from the front few rows, poking some fun and having a great time doing it.

She is also more than happy to poke fun at herself, shamelessly revealing details of her marriage, sex life and narrative porn preferences. Her dry wit and sarcasm are staples of British comedy and she represents a well-known sense of humour.

There’s a few moments that are likely best suited to an older audience, with several jokes focusing on long-term marriage as well as Caulfield’s observations on bewildering modern trends.

It isn’t a show that breaks new ground in the comedy game or deviates from the norm, but it’s entertaining, light and is an enjoyable hour. Not so much a show for families, but definitely for couples or groups out on the town.

If you’re looking for an hour of classic stand-up delivered by an Edinburgh local, Jo Caulfield is the perfect choice.

Jo Caulfield – “Older. Wiser’ Smarter. Meaner” – ★★★★ – Daily Business Magazine

A comedy stalwart of the Fringe, Caulfield has been treading the stand-up scene here since 2001 and kept coming back even after that first season when she saw a guy urinating on her pristine fringe poster. Indeed she loves Edinburgh so much she moved here, firstly to twee Morningside and latterly Leith, and Edinburgh was her specialist subject on Celebrity Mastermind last December. Her new show capitalises on her interaction with the audience and finding out where they are from and what their names are, how long the couples have been together – all the stuff that women love to know.

“Totally unmissable show – again.
Go Jo!”

When two disparate groups admit they have come from Aberdeen quick as a flash she says: “I bet you all travelled in one car.” Her routines about the differences between men and women are totally on the money, as are her observations about girls’ nights out and just generally about getting older and hating the party scene. She hates it so much that she patiently waits for a signal from her husband to leave, usually when he has insulted everyone in the room. Brilliant. Caulfield admitted to a little nervousness in trying out this new show. That’s gutsy and shows the trooper in her.

There are great gags about people with allergies and intolerances, and those who need to go to anger management courses, those on diets, how she tried to change her husband so much she even tried to change his name to Julio as it goes better with Jo. A routine about interviewing her husband on their first date is priceless as like many women she has planned out a whole scenario and has a check list – does he have a car, can he drive, does he own a good suit? Can he fill the position? Ha. This show is more raw than last year’s – a few more expletives, a little bit more edgy, more daring, taking more chances with the crowd, and generally going with the flow. Her gags this year also feature stellar improvs of conversations in bars, continental supermarkets – supermarché to you and me – and even exchanges in Tesco in Leith.

Totally unmissable show – again. Go Jo!

Daily Business Magazine